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#113547 - 10/13/03 03:08 AM sawbucks and bucks  
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In a story in s today's paper about the changing color of US paper currency I found this little word tid-bit which aroused my curiosity:

>Peach doesn't seem right, either, for a double-sawbuck. ("Sawbuck," an old term for a sawhorse, became slang for the $10 bill because of the Roman numeral X's once printed on its back, which were thought, by some, to resemble that device.) Peach, one imagines, would be fine for Thomas Jefferson, who wore velvet slippers and danced minuets. Jackson wore muddy boots.<

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A954-2003Oct8.html

So from sawbucks >> bucks? (as in fifty bucks, two bucks, one buck?)


And is that story about the sawbuck/sawhorse of Snopery suspicion or true? (yeah, I know ICLIU, but)

And does anyone wanna lend me a few bucks?



#113548 - 10/18/03 09:17 PM Re: sawbucks and bucks  
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What the buck?

Where'd everybody go?


#113549 - 10/20/03 01:24 AM Re: sawbucks and bucks  
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#113550 - 10/20/03 02:23 AM Re: sawbucks and bucks  
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Yeah (I thought this might be a little Yartsy-Fartsy) butŠ...there ain't no buck there.

And did buck come from sawbuck?...sometimes the obvious analogy t'aint so.


#113551 - 10/20/03 12:45 PM Re: sawbucks and bucks  
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I bleeve the standard explanation for buck is that it derived from the practice of using deer(buck)skins for trade purposes. Course it might could be UL.


#113552 - 10/20/03 12:57 PM Re: sawbucks and bucks  
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Right as usual, Faldage! From Gurunet:
buck3 (bŭk)
n. Informal.

1. A dollar.
2. An amount of money: working overtime to make an extra buck.
[Short for BUCKSKIN (from its use in trade).]





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